Beach season is still months away, which means it's the perfect time to start fine-tuning your diet. But as experience will tell you, weight-loss success depends on finding a plan you can live with—one that suits your personality and lifestyle. For example, if your job involves racking up frequent-flyer miles, then asking you to whip up every meal from scratch may be a recipe for disaster.
So, rather than come up with a one-size-fits-all plan, we created mix-and-match meals that take your preferences into consideration and address your biggest obstacles, from controlling portions to curbing cravings. You can also choose one or more snacks totaling up to 260 calories. On days when you're really cranking up the burn (say, by combining the strength and cardio plans) and you feel you need a little more fuel, you can tack on an extra 100- to 200-calorie snack.
The only rule is that you have to stay within 1,600 calories, which should allow you to shed about 1 pound every five days. Start eating the foods you love today and you'll be striding around like a swimsuit model long before you take your first dip in the ocean.